Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp admitted to be impressed by youngster Alex Pritchard, when he spoke to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show for talkSPORT.
Redknapp is a regular guest on the radio show and gave his thoughts on the midfielder, when he was quizzed over Prtichard’s potential.
“I think Pritchard has done well – He did great last year at Brentford and he’s gone back to Tottenham and he’s signed a four-year contract – He’s a good lad who’s a good young player,” he said.
An immediate challenge for Pochettino
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has an instant challenge on his hands because Pritchard picked up an injury during the under-21 European Championship with England, which deprived him of a chance to repeat the form he showed for Brentford last season.
Pritchard is still a very young man and may have taken the setback negatively in terms of his mind-set and Pochettino has a responsibility to step forward over the summer, ensuring that the player doesn’t suffer.
What are his chances of featuring for Spurs next season?
Unfortunately for Pritchard, central midfield is one of the busiest areas of the Tottenham squad so he needs to cash in any time he’s given a chance by the manager.
It may also be the cash that he needs to adapt to a slightly different position across the middle of the team in order to be able to fit in and get some extra chances.
Right midfield is an area where he could come into the equation, but it’s dangerous for Pochettino to start using him outside his natural role.